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Mezcal

Mezcal is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the agave plant (also known as the maguey plant), native to Mexico. Mezcal is traditionally made in small batches by farmers using traditional methods passed down through generations. The agave plant is roasted in an underground pit oven, then crushed and fermented with yeast and water. Mezcal is typically clear or straw-coloured, with a smoky flavour. Mezcal can be enjoyed neat or used in cocktails.

Mezcal has a long history in Mexico, dating back to the Aztec people. Mezcal was first mentioned in Spanish records in 1542, and by the early 1600s mezcal was being exported from Mexico to Europe. Mezcal fell out of favour after the Mexican War of Independence in 1810, when the new Mexican government banned the production and consumption of alcohol. Mezcal was later revived in the mid-19th century, and today it is enjoyed by people all over the world. Mezcal is an important part of Mexican culture and heritage.

Mezcal is mostly made in the region of Oaxaca, where there is a saying, "for everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, too." Mezcal is usually consumed neat, and it can boast a marvellous variety of flavours, from floral and herbaceous, to rich and smoky, and beyond.

Mezcal is quite similar to Tequila in many respects, though they are made from different varieties of agave. Mezcal is also produced on a much smaller scale. First, the maguey plants are harvested, and the hearts (or "piñas") are extracted. These are then cooked, sometimes in open pits in the ground lined with rocks, then agave, and then earth, which can impart a distinctive smokiness. They are then crushed, mashed and fermented prior to at least two distillations.

Mezcal will rarely feature a small larva/worm in the bottle (the bottles will be labelled "con gusano" - "with worm"), which is most likely a marketing ploy invented in the mid 20th Century. Typically the Mezcal will be drunk, and the left over worm will be eaten. In Mexico the drink is enjoyed neat, though there are many cocktails to which it is suited.

Mezcales De Leyenda Durango

70cl, 47%
Mezcal De Leyendas

From the Mezcales de Leyenda range comes a Mezcal produced using agave duranguensis, featuring a bat on the label.  More info

Mezcales De Leyenda Durango
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$60.66

The Lost Explorer Tobalá Mezcal

70cl, 42%
The Lost Explorer

An intriguing unaged mezcal from The Lost Explorer, produced entirely with the wild Tobalá agave. The rare variety is grown for 10 years before it's harvested, and this is a particularly complex…  More info

The Lost Explorer Tobalá Mezcal
$101.10

El Rey Zapoteco Tepeztate

70cl, 48%
El Rey Zapoteco

From the family run El Rey Zapoteco in Matatlán, Oaxaca comes this equisite Mezcal. Its produced with the Tepeztate agave, a wild variety that can take up to 25 years to mature – so, not one we see…  More info

El Rey Zapoteco Tepeztate
$97.89

Ojo de Dios Joven

70cl, 42%
Ojo de Dios

An artisinal mezcal from Ojo de Dios (which translates at 'God’s eye'), produced from Espadin agave. This here is a Joven bottling, so after the agave is roasted for around 10 days and double…  More info

Ojo de Dios Joven
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$46.54

Derrumbes Zacatecas Mezcal

70cl, 46.5%
Derrumbes

Here we have Derrumbes Zacatecas Mezcal which is made exclusively with Blue Weber agave, which is usually used for making Tequila. However, the Zacatecas region is famed for creating mezcals in the…  More info

Derrumbes Zacatecas Mezcal
$46.54

Mezcal Los Javis Jabalí

70cl, 47.8%
Mezcal Los Javis

From Mezcal Los Javis comes an expression produced using the Jabalí variety of agave. Jabalí is a bit notorious for being somewhat difficult to work with, but maestro mezcalero Don Javier Mateo and…  More info

Mezcal Los Javis Jabalí
$114.33

El Rey Zapoteco Añejo

70cl, 44%
El Rey Zapoteco

From one of Oaxaca's oldest artisanal Mezcal brands, El Rey Zapoteco comes this exceptional Añejo Mezcal. Produced using 100% Espadín agave, grown on the family estate, traditional methods are…  More info

El Rey Zapoteco Añejo
$61.67

El Recuerdo Joven

70cl, 40%
El Recuerdo

Hailing from the Oaxaca region of Mexico, El Recuerdo Joven is a solid, well balanced Mezcal. Ideal for cocktails, or sipped neat alongside a chunky wedge of fresh, juicy orange.  More info

El Recuerdo Joven
$30.34

Zignum Joven

70cl, 40%
Zignum

Zignum Mezcal is made using espadín agave, which are harvested at the peak of their maturity. Zignum's mezcalero keeps their eye on every aspect of the production of the spirit, from field to bottle,…  More info

Zignum Joven
$36.38

Mezcal Vago Espadín

70cl, 50.2%
Mezcal Vago

Another glorious offering, brought to us by the folks at Mezcal Vago! This expression was produced by mezcalero Emigdio Jarquín Ramirez, in the village of El Nanche, Mexico. Espadín agave is roasted…  More info

Mezcal Vago Espadín
$64.70

Convite Tobala Mezcal

70cl, 42%
Convite

This joven mezcal from Convite is made with the wild (and rare) Tobala agave! Tobala plants take longer to reach maturity – around 12 years – though it's certainly worth the wait. This complex…  More info

Convite Tobala Mezcal
$66.55

Montelobos Tobalá Joven Mezcal

70cl, 46.8%
Casa Montelobos

This joven mezcal from Montelobos is produced in Puebla, from a partnership between founder Iván Saldaña and the Alva family who have been growing Tobalá agave for many years. It's produced…  More info

Montelobos Tobalá Joven Mezcal
$87.97

Se Busca Mezcal Añejo

70cl, 40%
Se Busca

Añejo mezcal produced for the Se Busca range, which was named as a tribute to the woman that fought in the Mexican revolution. Sitting at the top of the range, this expression boasts heavy oak…  More info

Se Busca Mezcal Añejo
$57.24

Koch El Ensamble

70cl, 47%
Koch El

This Ensamble mezcal from Koch El shines a light on rare varieties of agave. You'll find a quartet of agaves in here, with wild Tobala, Tobasiche, Lumbre and Cirial all used. Unlike some mezcals,…  More info

Koch El Ensamble
$63.73

Alipús San Andrés 47%

70cl, 47%
Alipus

An Alipús Mezcal here from San Andrés - a rich, surprisingly wood-y joven Mezcal, perfect for sipping neat or taking centre stage in a cocktail.  More info

Alipús San Andrés 47%
$53.38

Derrumbes Tamulipas

70cl, 46.7%
Derrumbes

Derrumbes brings you a blend of three rare agave, Univittata, Funkiana, and Americana, while Americana is the only agave that can be found outside the state of Tampaulipas. Though unfortunately this…  More info

Derrumbes Tamulipas
$53.63

Monte Alban Mezcal

70cl, 40%
Monte Alban

Monte Alban is a beautifully smoky mezcal, well worth trying!  More info

Monte Alban Mezcal
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$27.82

El Tinieblo Joven - Special Edition #2

75cl, 54%
El Tinieblo

A special edition bottling of mezcal from the El Tinieblo range, made using espadín and verde maguey, and bottled at 54% ABV. The agave is cooked in an earthen pit, crushed with a tahona, and…  More info

El Tinieblo Joven - Special Edition #2
$93.04

QuiQuiRiQui Mole Pechuga

70cl, 49%
QuiQuiRiQui

A rather intriguing expression from QuiQuiRiQui. Usually, Pechuga Mezcal is by redistilling the spirit with a chicken or turkey breast hung in the still along with a selection of nuts, fruits, and…  More info

QuiQuiRiQui Mole Pechuga
$68.54

Creyente Mezcal Joven

70cl, 40%
Creyente

Creyente Mezcal is made with a blend of two top-notch Mezcals from Tlacolula and Yautepec, both of which are in Oaxaca. The frankly awesome animal you see on the label is a metaphor for the spirit -…  More info

Creyente Mezcal Joven
$56.65

El Rey Zapoteco Tobalá

70cl, 45%
El Rey Zapoteco

El Rey Zapoteco has been producing artisinal Mezcal since the 1960s, making it one of the oldest producers in Oaxaca! The family run estate grows its own agave and ensures traditional methods…  More info

El Rey Zapoteco Tobalá
$95.86

El Cortijo Espadín

70cl, 45%
El Cortijo

An excellent mezcal produced for the El Cortijo range under the watchful eye of mezcalero Alvaro Hernandez, using well-matured Espadín agave. Double distilled and bottled at 45% ABV. Wonderfully…  More info

El Cortijo Espadín
$62.48

Bruxo No.1

70cl, 46%
Bruxo

Made with 100% Espadin agave, Bruxo No.1 is a traditional mezcal, a close relative to tequila (which must be made from blue agave). If you didn't know, "Espadin" is the Spanish name for a ceremonial…  More info

Bruxo No.1
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$45.52

Derrumbes Durango Mezcal

70cl, 44.9%
Derrumbes

A marvellous mezcal from Derrumbes, this expression was produced in the Mexican state of Durango. The wild agave variety, Durangensis is traditionally processed by maestro mezcalero Uriel Simental,…  More info

Derrumbes Durango Mezcal
$55.60

Mezcal Vago Espadín (50.3%)

70cl, 50.3%
Mezcal Vago

An Espadín agave-based Mezcal from the Mezcal Vago range. An elegant expression, with notes of citrus, minerals and touches of fruity agave. This particular edition was made by mezcalero Joel Barriga.  More info

Mezcal Vago Espadín (50.3%)
$55.60

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